This book cover image released by Atria shows "Poison," a novel by John Lescroart. (Atria via AP)

By JEFF AYERS

“Poison: a Novel” (Atria), by John Lescroart

Thoughts of retirement for attorney Dismas Hardy have to be put on hold when a former client begs for his help in “Poison,” John Lescroart’s latest thriller.

This book cover image released by Atria shows “Poison,” a novel by John Lescroart. (Atria via AP)

Abby Jarvis made a horrible mistake years ago. She did her time, and after being released, she found a job as a bookkeeper with Grant Carver and his prestigious company. When Carver kills himself, she finds herself about to get a huge windfall, thanks to his will. But a second autopsy reveals that he was murdered by a poison called aconite, and she becomes the No. 1 suspect. It doesn’t help her claims of innocence that she was embezzling funds from the company.

Dismas Hardy feels compelled to help Jarvis, not only because he truly believes that she didn’t kill Carver, but also because he can’t stay away from the courtroom. He was shot because of the last case he worked, and his wife doesn’t want him working at all, especially not on a murder case. Hardy has to balance his personal feelings and his family’s wishes against the pursuit of justice, even if it puts him back into a potentially dangerous situation.

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